Give Me a Word: An Advent and Christmas Retreat to Usher in a New Season of Life with Abbey of the Arts
Monday, December 4th, 2023- Saturday, January 6th, 2024
with Christine Valters Paintner and guest teachers Aisling Richmond, Betsey Beckman, Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Claudia Love Mair, Deirdre Ní Chinnéide, Dena Jennings, Jamie Marich, Jo-ed Tome, Melinda Thomas, Richard Bruxvoort Colligan, and Simon de Voil
Monday December 4th, 2023
Saturday, January 6th, 2024
This year we are creating something more expansive and with greater depth. Join us for a 33-day retreat that takes us through the seasons of Advent and Christmas, a time to contemplate what holiness we are birthing within our souls. Each day there will be a different practice offered to inspire, challenge, and support you in listening for the word that wants to be spoken to your heart.
The practices are not about resolutions or goal setting, they are not about achieving more in the new year or accomplishing tasks or goals. They are about listening for what is calling to you in a particular season of life. They ask us to trust a greater wisdom at work in the world than our own egos.
Through this retreat, you will be invited to release your thinking mind and enter into a space of receiving.
Ask the wise presences in your life for your own life-giving word. You will be invited to listen in the stillness, to sacred texts, to your life, to dreams, to nature, to your body, to soul friends, to the ancestors. The word might come from reading a poem or story. It might come in a time of stillness, or it might arrive later in the day, wise words offered from an unexpected source, a dream symbol, a line from a conversation, or an image you stumble upon that seizes your imagination.